Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ABC Wednesday - O; and Wildflower Wednesday

Also posting to Wildflower Wednesday
(Visit Gail at Clay and Limestone)

Open Mouth and Insert Foot!

I admit it!  I'm guilty of asking and praying for rain!  
We've had two years of very dry - drought conditions, and I just didn't want it to happen again!
Besides, there was just no moisture, last Fall, anywhere deep "down there!"

By all accounts, we've received between 6 to 7" of rain last week alone.
Yes, there was flooding.

But the grass has riz', early flowers are blooming (including the Dutchman's Breeches in the header photo),
and these grape hyacinths in the grass!

A Treat Ode
by James Whitcomb Riley

"Scurious-like," said the treetoad,
"I've twittered fer rain all day;
And I got up soon,
And hollered till noon ---
But the sun hit blazed away,
Till I jest clumb down in a crawfish-hole
Weary at heart, and sick at soul!

"Dozed away fer an hour,
And I tackled the thing agin;
And I sung, and sung,
Till I knowed my lung
Was jest about to give in;
and then, thinks I ef it don't rain now,
There're nothin' in singin' anyhow!

"Once in awhile some farmer
Would come a driven' past;
And he'd hear my cry,
And stop and sigh ---
Till I jest laid back, at last,
And I hollered rain till I thought my throat
Would bust wide open at ever' note!

"But I fetched her! --- O I fetched her! ---
'Cause a little while ago,
As I kindo' set
With one eye het,
And a-singing' soft and low,
A voice drapped down on my fevered brain
Sayin', 'Ef you'll jest hush I'll rain!' "

Hellebores, Daffodils and one Virginia Bluebell (at left)
 Fritillaria meleagris

Trout Lily (also called Dog-toothed Violet, etc.)

Virginia Bluebells

I have my work cut out for me this Spring!  Walkway, steps, water feature, reconfigure large flower bed,
add black dirt, add hardwood mulch, plantings, etc., etc.

Want to come help me???
:-)  SG  :-)

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Roger Owen Green said...

So YOU'RE the ONE causing the flooding!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this lovely post with a funny poem and young spring flowers!
Wil, ABCW Team.

scottweberpdx said...

I so adore the Trout Lily!

Leslie: said...

I think we're all sick of the rain and so happy to see the sunshine!

abcw team

troutbirder said...

Beautiful! How I love the woodland wildflowers. Our are yet to show up but they can't be too far behind southern Iowa.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi, Roger . . . I guess I have to take at least partial credit! ;-)

Shady Gardener said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Reader Wil!

Shady Gardener said...

Me, too, Scott! They "run rampant" here!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi, Leslie! Hopefully Spring will be appearing your way before long!

Shady Gardener said...

Troutbirder, it makes the heart happy when Spring and flowers appear!

Ann said...

Thanks for your comment on my O. I love spring flowers and you have so many to enjoy the grape is a beautiful color.
An n

Shirley said...

Hello again, Shady :-) I really am loving all the Virginia Bluebells I have been seeing tonight, as I keep saying they are quite different from our Scottish ones. Snap on the frit – although mine isn’t getting as much light as yours. Fav from your garden has to be the Dog toothed violet – I love its leaves as much as the flowers :-D

Shady Gardener said...

Hi, Ann. Thanks for your visit and leaving a comment. The grape hyacinth is a very free- sower! It makes it fun to see the numbers increase over the years. Of course, it doesn't hurt to broadcast seeds yourself! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi, Shirley. I need to look closer at your bluebells, don't I? Thanks for your visit and comments!